Published May 15th 2018 by Roaring Books Press
This has a queer rep and a diverse cast. It’s also about loss, and falling angels, which is pretty rad.
Ten days after Jaya’s mother dies, angels begin falling from the sky. They land in random places all over the globe. None of them survive the fall. Except for one. Jaya is in the right place at the right time to find the angel. She promptly hides her and names her Teacake.
At first glance, I thought this would be all about the angels. But it goes so much deeper than that. Jaya’s father moves her and her younger sister, Rani, to Edinburgh for a few weeks because he’s obsessed with the angels. Grief pulls them all in different directions. For Jaya, she wrangles with her mother’s loss and her confusion over the disappearance of her girlfriend shortly after the Beings began to fall to earth. Her father obviously deals in his own way, seeing the falling angels as a sign from his late wife in some way. Jaya finds trust in a girl named Allie, who suffers from cystic fibrosis and her introverted brother. Together they keep the fallen angel hidden and plan ways to heal her broken wing and keep her from The Standing Fallen, a local cult.
I bought this book IN Edinburgh on vacation which is funny because I didn’t realize it until I got home so reading the setting, and all the places Jaya goes was bittersweet. I loved Scotland with all of my heart. Although this book was lacking in its explanation as to WHY the angels were falling, it was very character driven with scenes reminiscent of E.T.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. Along with the diversity and magical realism, this stood out for me as I did go in thinking it was some sort of Hush, Hush type of book. I cannot wait to see what else Sophie Cameron has in store for us next.